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Information Literacy Resources

Do YOU suffer from Data Smog??

Data Smog, a phrase coined by noted author David Shenk, is produced by too much information coming at you at the speed of the Web from all directions when you need to make an informed decision. This may results in feelings of anxiety from not having ALL the information you need for the assignment you are working on or the reverse - entirely TOO much information. Information Literacy (IL) is the answer to that dilemma. IL allows you to effectively manage the information flow competently. One’s ability to mine all the information needed to successfully “Write to Learn” requires each student be armed with “the set of skills needed to retrieve, analyze and use information” ( The following are some of the materials that will help you succeed:

Online Catalog

A search of the Online Catalog at Bucks will yield a myriad of resources that will assist with the understanding of IL as well as the development of a collaborated effort between faculty and the Library. Here are some recommended terms that can be used to search the Catalog using “words or phrase”:

Assessment Assessment and Literacy
Critical Thinking
Educational Evaluation United States
Information Literacy
Learning, Psychology of

ARCHIVES 294 2003 Developing research & communication skills: guidelines for information literacy in the curriculum Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Commission on Higher Education. Publisher: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Pub date: 2003.

025.04 W364 2002 Web of deception: misinformation on the Internet Publisher: CyberAge Books, Pub date: 2002.

025.524 G769 2001 Information literacy instruction: theory and practice Grassian, Esther S. Publisher: Neal-Schuman, Pub date: 2001.  

025.567 A846 2002 Assessment in college library instruction programs Publisher: College Library Information Packet Committee, College Libraries Section, Association of College and Research Libraries, Pub date: 2002. 

025.702 I43 1992 Information literacy: developing students as independent learners Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Pub date: 1992.  

027.62 F527 2003 First year student library instruction programs Publisher: College Library Information Packet Committee, College Libraries Section, Association of College and Research Libraries, Pub date: 2003.  

027.7 L697 2005 Libraries within their institutions: creative collaborations Miller, William et all. 

028.7 B959 C912 2005 Creating a comprehensive information literacy plan Burkhardt, Joanna M. et al. 

028.7 R552 2002 Learning to learn: a guide to becoming information literate Riedling, Ann Marlow, 1952- Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Pub date: 2002.  

028.706 G769 L438 2005 Learning to lead and manage information literacy instruction Grassian, Esther S. Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Pub date: 2005.  

028.707 B619 H236 2003 Hands-on information literacy activities Birks, Jane. Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Pub date: 2003.  

028.707 B959 2003 Teaching information literacy: 35 practical, standards-based exercises for college students Burkhardt, Joanna M. Publisher: American Library Association, Pub date: 2003.  

028.707 I61 2004 Integrating information literacy into the higher education curriculum: practical models for transformation 1st Ed. Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2004  

028.708 I43 2003 Information literacy instruction for educators Shinew, Dawn M. et al. 

160 C851 C934 2005 Critical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument Cottrell, Stella 

160 H894 C934 2005 Critical thinking: an introduction to the basic skills Hughes, William 

302.224 T988 1998 Literacy in a digital world: teaching and learning in the age of information Tyner, Kathleen R. Publisher: Erlbaum, Pub date: 1998.  

370.152 D296 2004 Decoding the disciplines: helping students learn disciplinary ways of thinking Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Pub date: 2004.

371.33 R897 2001 Rubrics: a handbook for construction and use Publisher: Scarecrow Education, Pub date: 2001.  

371.39 I61 2005 Integrating inquiry across the curriculum Publisher: Corwin Press, Pub date: 2005. 

378.166 A466 2005 Alternative strategies for evaluating student learning Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Pub date: 2005.  

371.39 T253 2004 Teaching and learning through inquiry: a guidebook for institutions and instructors 1 st ed. Publisher: Stylus Pub., Pub date: 2004.  

378.166 S449 B573 2004 Beyond the big test: noncognitive assessment in higher education Sedlacek, William E. Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Pub date: 2004.  

378.17 M177 S933 2006 Study and critical thinking skills in college MCWhorter, Kathleen T. 

428.407 B561 2003 Best practices in literacy instruction Morrow, Lesley Mandel et al.  

794.801 G297 W555 2004 What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy Gee, James Paul. Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Pub date: 2004.  

ONLINE BOOK 2002 Critical reasoning [electronic resource]: a practical introduction 2nd ed. Thomson, Anne. Publisher: Routledge, Pub date: 2002.  

ONLINE BOOK 2000 Beyond the book [electronic resource]: technology integration into the secondary school library media curriculum Doggett, Sandra L. Publisher: Libraries Unlimited, Pub date: 2000.    

Bucks Webpage:
There is a link on the Library page that provides information on IL. There are 2 online tutorials that can be used to explain what IL is all about. One tutorial deals with research strategy and the other with independent learning. We included a link to the Association of College and Research Libraries website on IL (

The Internet is a gold mine for locating information on IL. Here is a listing of web resources that will provide information on tutorials and exercises that may be useful for defining IL as well as provide instruction.